No matter the season, Tofino is the perfect BC getaway - but we just so happen to love storm watching season best. Somehow, Tofino is that much more magical when it’s windy and grey, and rainy days are spent watching the relentless waves crash on the shore.
BC Ferries Vacations is offering an amazing promotion with four participating Tofino and Uclulet resorts this storm watching season (until March 31, 2019): get a third night FREE when you book a two night storm watching retreat by January 7th, 2019. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to check out Long Beach Lodge Resort and escape the city for three days. Tofino is located in such a diverse, beautiful region of lush rainforest and long stretches of beach and rocky coastline that two days just doesn’t feel like enough when there’s so much to explore.
One of our favourite parts of the journey to Tofino is the scenic ride with BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Departure Bay in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Being out on the ocean, navigating through the Gulf Islands, and breathing in the fresh, salty sea air is such a quintessential BC experience.
For such a small surf town, Tofino is filled with incredible cafes, shops, and galleries. With farm to table restaurants, a brewery, and artisan coffee shops, Tofino has become much more than just an adventure destination.
This particular trip was especially special to us as it was our first time bringing our two month old, Oliver, to one of our favourite places in the world. We had a little of everything - days of pouring rain and wind where we bundled up with raincoats and pulled on our gumboots to explore Long Beach and Incinerator Rock, and a sunny afternoon where we hiked along the beautiful Tonquin Trail amongst the pines. We spent a warm, November afternoon on quiet Tonquin Beach overlooking Clayoquot Sound, and later strolled through town, popping into cafes, and perusing some of carefully curated local shops. In the late afternoons, we cozied up by the fire in the beautiful Great Room of Long Beach Lodge and watched the surfers tackle the waves in Cox Bay. In the evenings, we walked along the misty beach in front of the resort to catch the sunset - one of our favourite things to do. It was three days of perfect, west coast life. Storm watching in Tofino is one BC winter experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Long Beach Lodge is idyllic in its location. With it’s 41-room main lodge and stunning restaurant overlooking the layers of waves rolling up on Cox Bay Beach, it’s the perfect place to relax, feel surrounded by nature, and find adventure. We decided to stay in one of their 20 two-bedroom cottages to make use of the extra space, AND to have our own personal hot tub. Long Beach Lodge Resort also features a Surf Club Adventure Centre that provides both rentals and lessons for those eager to hit the waves, as well as a sauna, hot pool and coffee bar to help you warm up after wandering along the chilly beach.
To book a vacation or find out more about current promotions, visit bcferries.com/vacations, or drop by the BC Ferries Vacations Centre in downtown Vancouver.
THIS POST IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BC FERRIES. ALL PHOTOS IN THIS BLOG POST WERE TAKEN AND EDITED BY BRIE & REUBEN OF VANCITYWILD. ALL OPINIONS ARE OUR OWN.